Higher education has long been one of the cornerstones of Adelaide's international appeal and continues to drive growth in the city.

Adelaide has produced Australia's highest number of Nobel Prize winners - three of Australia's 13 – and about 100 Rhodes Scholars are former Adelaide alumni. Over 35,000 international students predominantly from China, India and South East Asia study in South Australia every year at world acclaimed universities and education providers.

The international education sector is currently South Australia's number one service export, with the latest ABS statistics showing a 12.5% increase in value in 2016, to $1.13 billion.  A growing population of international students continues to have a major impact on the life and economy of the City.  It now accounts for nearly a quarter of the City’s permanent residential population.

With three lauded public universities; University of Adelaide (ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide), University of South Australia and Flinders University, campuses of one of the world's best universities Torrens University Australia and many private, specialist and training institutions, Adelaide offers great diversity in further education.

This strong trend also produces a highly-skilled and specialised workforce for local employers to choose from.

University and commercially-based research and development in Adelaide have led international change in the biotechnology, agriculture, winemaking, animal science and information technology fields.

These close links have been formed by a strong ethos towards research in the public and private sectors.

Adelaide marked the beginning of a new era in late 2013 with the opening of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. More than 700 researchers from the universities and New Royal Adelaide Hospital, conveniently located alongside, will forge new pathways in an industry hungry for growth and excellence.